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Poster: light into ashes Date: Sep 10, 2007 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Fine Anniversary : 9/10/72

This is one fine show! And it's interesting that the 9-10-91 post got lots of replies, but this one...... Looks like '90s lovers predominate on this board!

While I doubt the fall '72 shows are "underrated" by anybody, a lot of them I would guess are relatively unheard, compared to what came before & after.
The Europe tour is of course unmatched, with both Pigpen & Keith on board - as one person said, one show doesn't vary too much from another with the setlists generally being the same night to night, but when that setlist includes a 20-minute Good Lovin' and a 30-minute Dark Star, with an occasional Caution thrown in, I'm not complaining!
And 1973 I think gets more praise than '72 because they added so many jamming songs - Eyes of the World, the Weather Report Suite, and Here Comes Sunshine all born in that year, plus many of the best Bird Songs - so late 1972 does come up comparatively short in the jamming department.

What it does have, though, is a certain fierceness and stomp which was soon to evaporate. The start of 1973 saw them getting much more mellow in their playing - compare a Playing in the Band from November '72 to one from March '73, and I think you can tell the later one is more delicate, less energetic. So there's a strong drive in many of these fall '72 shows, the long jams really shine, and the Bird Songs are exceptionally fine.
Many monsters lurk within these waters.....

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Poster: jerkwaterdan Date: Sep 11, 2007 12:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Fine Anniversary : 9/10/72

Excellent insights on the '72 shows vs '73 shows. I couldn't agree more. The '72 shows did indeed have what you call a "stomp and fiercness" to them. The band was really getting into songcraft with the addition of so many newer songs to the lineup of material available to them and just getting off on how it was falling together with the addition of Keith. The "jamminess" grew from that in '73 after they got more familiar with both the material and Keith's contribution I think. The difference between '72 and '73 is evident just from the last show of '72, 12/31/72 and the first show of '73, the 2/9/73 show. If you play them back to back the difference is really obvious. Thanks for your insight!